Digital cameras, whether they're DSLRs, point and shoots, tablets or smart phones, are now so advanced that it is difficult to imagine how they can be improved further.
The price of memory cards has continued to go down, whilst the amount of available storage has increased in gigabytes to terabytes. Surely there are only so many images that you would want to risk leaving on a memory card without backing them up. Meanwhile, digital cameras are able to capture images in more than 20 megapixels. Would it be necessary to produce images greater than that, when the majority of them will be either filling up pixels on the screens of digital devices, or languishing somewhere on an external hard drive?
What will be the next major development for digital photography? As the need for data storage increases, maybe there will be a more efficient alternative to megapixels. Could holographic images be the next focus?
At the moment Virtual Reality offers a lot of potential, placing the viewer within the visual experience. This year has seen the rise of oculus goggles and other gaming devices. I wonder if this will be just another fad, which goes the same way as 3D TV. It's difficult enough to find the remote control, without having to look for your 3D glasses as well!
Recently on Facebook, one of my friends had uploaded a group photograph. There were so many people in the group, that it was taken using the panorama setting. When displayed on the screen, the viewer could tilt their phone to 'explore' the image. I really liked how this enabled the onlooker to determine what direction they went in to review the image. It reminded me of the virtual reality environment of computer games.
My iPhone has a pano setting, which I have never used before. I am wondering if I could adopt it for my course. I can see the potential of it, and it appears not to be widely used. However, I am aware of the danger of letting the technology lead the project. I will only use it if it feels appropriate to use.
Whilst I was thinking of new approaches to photography, I thought about how QR codes are used and how they haven't really developed further. QR, or Quick Recall, codes are the small black and white squares, that appear on posters and promotional material. Similar to bar codes, QR codes can be scanned to access other associated information, such as a weblink, map, or video. Once again, the technology offers lots of potential, yet it hasn't really been fully utilised. I am wondering whether I could use QR codes in my own photography. This is something I would like to explore further.